On Second Thought, Maybe N.C. Was a Mistake

by Stuart Rothenberg May 1, 2012 · 10:16 AM EDT

If national Democratic strategists chose Charlotte, N.C., for the party’s national convention because they liked the facilities, the hotel accommodations or the weather in early September, then I guess I can’t yet quibble with the choice.

But if David Axelrod and the president’s other political…

Truth About Mitt Romney’s Running Mate Choice

by Stuart Rothenberg April 27, 2012 · 9:30 AM EDT

Over the past few months, I’ve written a couple of columns about presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s potential running mates Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Start with some biography, an anecdote or tidbit, add a dash of analysis and a blind quote and you’ve got an…

Arizona 8 Special: NRCC, DCCC Go on the Air

by Jessica Taylor April 26, 2012 · 12:00 PM EDT

The national parties are officially wading into the special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona’s 8th District.

On Thursday morning, the National Republican Congressional Committee purchased $150,000 of broadcast television in Tucson, beginning tomorrow through May 10,…

Pennsylvania: Critz Defeats Colleague, Faces Competitive General Election

by Jessica Taylor April 25, 2012 · 2:15 PM EDT

Two moderate Democrats from Pennsylvania won’t be returning to Congress next year after Tuesday’s primaries in the Keystone State -- but only one can blame the new make-up of his district for his loss.

In western Pennsylvania’s 12th District, Rep. Mark Critz pulled off an upset in his member…

Utah: Senate Race Still Kicking but 4th District Set for Premiere Battle

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 25, 2012 · 2:14 PM EDT

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is on quite a roller coaster ride. The senior senator went from the brink of electoral extinction to coming oh-so-close to securing the GOP nomination without even having to hassle with a primary. Now he’s back in a competitive race for reelection.

After seeing his…

One Way to Look at the Presidential Polls

by Stuart Rothenberg April 25, 2012 · 8:30 AM EDT

It’s really amazing how some people with years of political experience change their opinions about the political landscape to match the latest poll.

It’s not that poll results shouldn’t affect our understanding of politics or inform us about what people are thinking. It’s that too often people…

Oklahoma 2: Living in the Past?

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 20, 2012 · 11:59 AM EDT

A Democratic incumbent is retiring in a district where President Obama will likely receive one-third of the vote in November, but Democratic strategists nonetheless believe they can hold the seat.

Rep. Dan Boren (D) is arguably the most conservative Democrat in Congress and has had no trouble…

Florida Senate: Looking Tougher and Tougher for the GOP

by Jessica Taylor April 20, 2012 · 11:58 AM EDT

 A chance to take out a Democratic incumbent in arguably the most critical swing state in the country just two years after the Republican tidal wave swept through the state seems like the GOP’s dream scenario. But in Florida, that chance increasingly looks like a slim possibility thanks to weak…